Summer Camps & Workshops for 1st-3rd grades

Get ready for a summer filled with hands-on science at Longway Planetarium!

Looking for a different grade level? Choose from these categories:
4-5 year-olds | 4th-8th grades | 7th-12th grades
Grades listed are the grades students are entering in the Fall.

Members receive $1 off workshops and $5 off camps. Members, please login to receive your discount.

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Incredible Invertebrates

1st-3rd grades

Date: Tuesday, June 22
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Investigate cockroaches, worms, butterflies, and other interesting invertebrates. Learn about their amazing adaptations, their habitats, and the important role these creatures play in the natural world.

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Colors, Shadows, Light, and Vision

1st-3rd grades

Date: Monday, June 28
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Illuminate your summer! Mix colors using both paint and light. Use colored LED lights to make beautiful, moving shadow sculptures. Experiment with flashlights and mirrors to change the direction of light, and learn about your vision while getting an up-close look at a sheep’s eye.

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Planet Earth

1st-3rd grades

Date: Wednesday, June 30
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
From the core, to the crust, to the atmosphere that blankets our planet, let’s explore Earth from the inside out! Start your own rock collection and make your own fossil model. Learn how water and wind shape the Earth’s surface and engineer a filter to clean dirty water.

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STEM Camp: Science Safari

1st-3rd grades

Choose from two dates. The same activities will be presented each week:
Date:Monday, July 5 - Friday, July 9
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OR
Date:Monday, July 19 - Friday, July 23
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $95
Explore the wonderful world of science one field at a time.
Biology: Compare and contrast life cycles and adaptations of different plants and animals. Explore the needs of all living things.
Chemistry: Investigate the chemistry in your kitchen while making butter. Make an environmentally friendly cleaning solution.
Earth Science: Discover the connection between the sun, water, and weather.
Astronomy: Work together to create a planet mural for the planetarium lobby and watch a show in the planetarium.
Engineering: See if you can engineer a nest as well as a bird can; design, build, and test a wind resistant building; and design a lunar vehicle.

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Passport Camp

1st-3rd grades

Date: Monday, July 12 - Friday, July 16
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $95
Travel around the globe without leaving the planetarium! Journey back in time to learn about events that shaped the world today. Learn about different cultures, traditions, music, and art from countries across planet Earth.

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Science is a Work of Art

1st-3rd grades

Date: Monday, July 12
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
If you enjoy both science and art, you will love this experience! Let’s combine our scientific and artistic skills to create magnificent, meaningful pieces of art.

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Air-Powered Engineering

1st-3rd grades

Date: Tuesday, July 13
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Use air to make things move! Investigate aerodynamics while testing different shapes on model vehicles. Design, build, and test a sail car and experiment with film canister rockets.

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Maker Lab: Paint, Clay, and Wood

1st-3rd grades

Date: Thursday, July 15
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Choosing the right material for the job is an important part of the making process. Investigate the properties of materials that make them useful while creating a variety of projects to take home.

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Go for the Gold

1st-3rd grades

Date: Thursday, July 22
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
The first Olympic Games looked a lot different than they do today. Learn where the Olympics have been held, games that were played, and records that have been broken. Try your hand at some of the original events and compete in our very own Longway Olympics!

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Amazing Animal Adaptations

1st-3rd grades

Date: Monday, July 26
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $9
Claws, jaws, skin, and scales: Animals are amazing! Whether predator or prey, animals have body parts that make them uniquely suited to survive in their environments.

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Math-Nificent Measurement

1st-3rd grades

Date: Wednesday, July 28
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $9
Sharpen your math skills with a variety of creative and fun math games and projects. Use a balance and digital scale to measure weight. Use beakers and graduated cylinders to measure liquids. Make up an estimation game to share with your friends. Create and decorate graphs to display your data, too.

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Maker Camp: Terrific Tools

1st-3rd grades

Date: Monday, August 2 - Wednesday, August 4
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $70
Learn how to use tools like hammers and screwdrivers while building a toolbox. Put your new tools in the box and take them home to start your own tool collection. This camp will offer a variety of projects for builders to try.

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The Place for Space

1st-3rd grades

Date: Thursday, August 5
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Play your way through the Solar System while creating your own space-based board game to take home. Use watercolors to make a beautiful picture of the moon while learning how the moon got its craters. Make a sunlight detector and engage in other fun activities that are out-of-this-world!

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